She hasn't revealed much to the press since filing for divorce last week, but Katie Holmes spoke extensively to Elle Magazine just six weeks before she moved to end her marriage, providing the most insight yet into what she was thinking and feeling as her commitment to Tom Cruise was waning.
"I definitely feel much more comfortable in my own skin. I feel sexier," Holmes said, comparing her 30s to her 20s. "I'm starting to come into my own ... It's like a new phase."
She touched on Cruise, but only to emphasize that she is an individual who has not had an easier road to success because of her husband's celebrity.
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"Things are not handed to anyone. If anything, you work a little bit harder when you're in such visible circumstances."
She added that "he has been Tom Cruise for 30 years ... I know who I am and where I am and where I want to go, so I want to focus on that."
Holmes and Cruise married in 2006 and have one daughter, Suri, together.
The complete Elle interview hits newstands July 17.